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Maltese Post-Secondary Education and Esports?

MY take on the matsec reform

Recently, it seems MATSEC are looking to shake up the post-secondary education programme here in Malta through a discussed reform. Though there are mixed opinions on the situation, I’d like to offer one through the scope of the future of esports in Malta. The reform does show promise in this regard as I’ll outline below.

Do note, that I myself have just completed the post-secondary experience and am waiting for my results rather nervously (they’ll probably be out by the time this article is published), for context’s sake. Anyway, the ‘Talented Athlete Scheme’ is what caught my eye:

“MATSEC will encourage talented athletes to continue practising their sport on a regular basis during their two-year post-secondary course of studies. The reform will recognise their effort in their sport by allowing them to replace one of the optional Intermediate Level subjects by their achievement in the sport and will be awarded 10 points towards the award of the Matriculation Certificate. The scheme will also involve:

– collaboration with various official sports entities;

– recognition of training prior to and during post-secondary education which is not less than 10 hours per week.

MATSEC JULY 2019

While I’m certain that MATSEC is referring to the more traditional concept of sport, posting a photo of athletics underneath the post, the terminology used could definitely be adapted to esports. Although other countries may be pushing esports into their respective curriculums, Malta is still a few years away from that – but at an Intermediate, training based level, it seems extremely possible.

It’s a fact that some students have a passion for esports at a young age

Internationally, esports is still growing, exponentially too. Since the reform also admits to including ‘an increased focus on 21st century skills’, and esports belonging to this category of modern ‘skills’, I believe that MATSEC won’t be able to ignore this idea for long. There are official esports entities on the island – event co-ordinators such as ourselves and Gamers.com.mt and organizations such as Project Eversio too amongst many others.

Our Esports Centre is always filled with youths trying new esports

As an 18 year-old esports journalist, with experience working for the top esports institutes on the island, I’ve encountered and interviewed many talented competitors my age for various esports such as CS:GO, SIMRacing, PUBG, Fortnite, Battalion 1944, League of Legends, Dota 2 and many more. Other countries such as the US, is already taking the initiative by introducing esports leagues between up to 14 different high schools at a time.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: A view of the arena as Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment )

In the first half of 2019, esports jobs grew internationally by 185% as researched online. Here at Eden Esports, we’ll continue to push forward with support for local youth in their search for esports opportunities. My opinion is that MATSEC should do so too, recognising the potential that introducing esports academically entails.

Let me know if you agree with me, think it’s impossible or it needs more time in the comments section below!

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